You might have read numerous articles about how to apply self tanner—exfoliate skin, apply evenly, wash your hands—and realized it’s not rocket science. There are, however, a few helpful tricks and highly-effective products that we’ve stumbled upon that make turning pale winter skin radiant especially easy. Because you do need a different strategy in the winter!
Gloves may look silly, but they really do work when you need precise results. Slip on one of Tarte’s Brazilliance Mitts ($12) and smooth your formula of choice onto larger areas, like legs and arms.
You can use regular lotion to dilute self tanner, both before you apply (for more foolproof results) and over areas you’ve already covered (which allows the tanner to soak into wrists and ankles more evenly). Try Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Body Lotion ($55).
Whether you’re washing your hands frequently, or using gloves, you’ll want to apply your formula of choice on your hands last. Add a pea-sized amount to the back of each hand and gently rub them together to mix the color.